GDMI HOLDS WORKSHOP ON IMPROVING AREA COUNCIL SERVICES IN THE FCT

Growth and Development Monitoring Initiative organized a workshop on 12th and 13th, June 2012 at Reiz Hotel, Abuja, FCT to discuss how to improve the delivery of local public services in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

GDMI HOLDS WORKSHOP ON IMPROVING AREA COUNCIL SERVICES IN THE FCT

Growth and Development Monitoring Initiative organized a workshop on 12th and 13th, June 2012 at Reiz Hotel, Abuja, FCT to discuss how to improve the delivery of local public services in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In his opening address, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bagana, President of GDMI, said local governments in Nigeria had been under pressure to deliver services to the public, but that improvement could only come from the application to public services of management techniques and delivery systems in use by global corporations.
According to Bagana, the two-day workshop, aimed at Area Council Chairmen, departmental heads and senior managers who lead the delivery of services to a wide-range of users would evaluate the effectiveness of the area council system in the FCT and how to improve services through greater constituent focus, quality assurance and appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to drive improvement of services.
Minister of State for the FCT who was expected to deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the workshop, was however absent.
The curriculum of the workshop, looked at “constituent needs and introducing modern techniques for service modernization, achieving “value for money” for public spend, planning for effective performance, key management activities and operational functions that drive improvement, as well as monitoring and evaluation of local government programmes.”
Participants from across the FCT who participated in the programme thanked GDMI for the opportunity. “It was an enlightening workshop that taught us how to get value for money in Public Sector activities”, Bashar Yakubu Isyaku a participant said.
Professor Mathew Atobe from Boston, USA who delivered a paper at one of the sessions commended the organizers and encouraged participants to put what they have learnt to practicable use.

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